White pigeons, usually released as a sign of peace at memorials or other symbolic ceremonies were released by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day ceremony on Friday in Abuja.
It, however, created a drama as the birds refused to fly despite multiple attempts by the President thereby sparking reactions on the social media.
The President had opened the cage containing the birds at the National Arcade, picked up one of the doves, and thrown it into the air but the bird landed atop the cage and refused to fly.
Buhari, who was eager to let the white pigeons fly, opened the roof of the cage in a bid to send them all out but the birds remained adamant and decided to sit on top of the cage’s roof.
The President, who appeared tired of trying, soon left the birds and returned to his seat. Moments after the President had left, however, some of the birds flew.